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OL backups get work

The Bills rested three offensive line starters in Monday morning's closed practice. Left tackle Demetrius Bell was held out entirely as the Bills continue to ease him back into action after his knee surgery of last year. Guard Eric Wood worked only in some individual drills. (He may work more fully in tonight's practice.) Right tackle Cornell Green remains out with a minor leg injury.

So the backups got quality practice snaps. The first-team offensive line included, left to right, Jamon Meredith, Andy Levitre, Geoff Hangartner, Cordaro Howard and Kirk Chambers. The second team line included guard Jason Watkins working at left tackle, tackle Nick Hennessey flexing to left guard, center Sean Allen, Andre Ramsey at right guard and rookie Kyle Calloway at right tackle. Given the fact Bell has been limited in 11 on 11 work, it's unlikely he will play in the preseason opener against Washington on Friday. It would be good for the Bills if Green is back by then, which we think he will be.

Roscoe Parrish sat out Monday morning due to a minor leg injury, so former Patriot Chad Jackson took his place with the starters in the slot position. The offense had some drops in the 7 on 7 session (by Jackson, Marshawn Lynch and Michael Matthews). But the offense did better in 11 on 11 work. C.J. Spiller started it off with a good run up the middle, then Trent Edwards hit Jackson on a sharp deep out. Brian Brohm took the snaps as the No. 2 QB. Safety Jairus Byrd made a good strip of Stevie Johnson to force a fumble, which Byrd recovered.

The Bills ran two two-minute drills. Edwards moved the starters downfield, hitting Johnson and Jackson on good gainers, then hitting Johnson down the sideline for about a 30-yard gain. The drive of the second-stringers stalled. John McCargo got big pressure up the middle to foil one play. Naaman Roosevelt caught a pass for about 14 yards over the middle to beat a blitz. That was the best of nine offensive plays by the "twos."

Rookie David Nelson returned to practice after missing time last week with a sore hamstring. Also sitting out were Marcus Easley, Kawika Mitchell, Ed Wang, Danny Batten, Spencer Johnson and Marcus Stroud. Paul Posluszny returned to pads and worked on a limited basis for the first time. He had minor groin surgery before camp began. With Poz and Mitchell both out, Arthur Moats teamed with Andra Davis at inside linebacker. Alex Carrington got snaps at DE with the ones.

---Mark Gaughan


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